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Doane Spencer Thunderbird(s) on the block

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,335


  2. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
    Posts: 4,550


    One of the greatest craftsmen who ever lived.
    It was this T-Bird that opened my eyes to the fact that Hot Rodding isn't just about hacking and slashing,or simple bolt-on speed parts.
    Engineering,or "Imagineering" is as important to building cars as quick and dirty wrenching skills.
    This car,and Doane's Deuce in my eyes,have elevated the level of craftsmanship to an art form.
  3. The Valley Custom connection is timely. I tend to stay up late at the KOA in Wendover and end up meeting some interesting folks. This year the conversation went late into the night with one of Winfields guys and Neil Emory's son. The stories were awesome. I have always been a Valley Custom fan and a fan of Doane's bird!
  4. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,706


    Didn't the original (reffered to as the second version in this story) have bumper guards. Those made the car!

  5. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Here's another shot:

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  6. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,346

    from dago ca

    Interesting there were basically 2 of these made.
    Funny how the second one is almost more original then the first!
  7. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    The "clone" car has the frame, so isn't that what is supposed to decide the VIN? Technically? Or not?

    What a shame, no matter who did it.

    As to the question... Buy both and convert it back to one car. :0)

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  8. OneRustedDodge
    Joined: Jan 28, 2007
    Posts: 182


    No wheel looks better on t-birds than Halibrands - he nailed it perfectly. Love that car so much.
  9. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,263


    I would definately take the "clone" or second car.
  10. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,408


    Ask somebody who really KNOWS was his name pronounced Do-ANE as in Do-aine

    or was it Doane as in Do- own?

  11. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Doan rhymes with tone, own, shone, flown, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
  12. He was our chief, race team, mechanic at Hollywood Sport Cars.
    Doan, tone, own, shone.........Never asked about the name, but he's the only Doane I ever met, and rightly so. A man as unique as his name
  13. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,012

    from Atl Ga

    I have always preferred the full-front-bumper/original grill version. There's something about that spare amount of factory chrome, with those original Halibrands that just sets the car off as being here for business.
    And business is good!

  14. the version with the smoothed front bumper looks better in my eye. It looks lower and more Sports carish, which to me is what that car was all about ~ while the non bumper version looks more"Custom" to me.
    it was the "model" for my T bird.
  15. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,884

    The 39 guy

    Oh I think I would like either one. I just can't my big body behind the wheel and would have to trade the deed to my house to get either in my garage.
  16. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    In my opinion, the second one looks too street roddish. It's almost too refined for what it's supposed to be. The original has all the rough edges you'd expect in a car built for performance.

    I could see the owner of the second one buying a cup holder for it.:D Performance cars shouldn't make concessions for bullshit.
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  17. agshelby
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 512


    The original themed one is a beautiful car - I personally dont care for the updated version.

    The car is a shorter bodied 55, not a 57.
  18. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,243


    The original version, anything Doane Spencer built is a study in automotive engineering so the second one is cool as well. But for looks the first one.

  19. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Doane's work NEVER had any "rough edges". He was the penultimate engineer and a fastidious detail guy.
  20. Who was the last engineer and fastidious detail guy?
  21. thanks for mor pix of this car
    our 57 has many of the traits seen on the first version .open wheel wells .. elongated hood scoop , relocated racing gas filler, sport mirrors ... purist Tbird owners cringe ..and start pickin and pointing...when we park amongst them (seldom)..we climb out over the doors and ignore em
  22. Either one of them qualifies for the title "Boss Bird" if you ask me......... Spencer was truly one of the best car builders of any era. Hotrods or sports cars - either one.

    The later version looks a lot like the competition Sunbeam "Tigers" he built to kick Shelby's butt (reportedly won 6 out of 7 head to head).
  23. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
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    I like the original. The second one to me, based on the pictures, looks like a fiberglas car.
  24. Hee it:D
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    I sure do like the one with the bumpers. its the only T bird I ever liked.
  26. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
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    I remember seeing a short article in Hot Rod about the buildup of the newer car.The man not only had an incredibly keen eye for composition,but the skill level to machine several major components on the car from scratch.
    It really opened my eyes to what's possible when you go the extra mile building a car.

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  27. The one with the bumpers is my favorite. Such a mean car.
  28. y'sguy
    Joined: Feb 25, 2008
    Posts: 386

    from Tulsa, OK

    first one.
    It does have a good look.
    But what I've always admired about the car was under the hood. The way he treated the heads and intake, the handmade headers, and mounting the battery under the car in the rear by the back axle. The Jag (I think) trans. A great amount of of work that he made appear easy. And tasteful. He also started with something pretty good from the factory that year.
  29. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,487

    from Ohio

    Here is link to the Doane Spencer Custom Convertible being sold in a couple weeks: F. White Collection&category=

    It will be sold on Friday August 30th in Auburn, Indiana as a part of the HUGE annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction (1200 cars!). The car is selling at NO RESERVE, which means it will be sold to the highest bidder. You can bid in person, online, absentee or by phone. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the car or the auction.
  30. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,551


    I remember seeing a number of writeups on the car back when he seemed to be constantly making changes on it and running it hard to boot. For many of us in our mid/late 60's who read Hot Rod Magazine when we were teenagers it is one car that has stuck in our minds over the years.

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